Tight At The Top In China

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Peter HansonA tightly packed leaderboard will head into the third round at the Volvo China Open with only four shots separating the top 15 in the field. Englishman Gary Boyd shares the lead with his French counterpart Jean-Baptiste Gonnet after both players carded scores of five-under par in their second round to leave themselves on 11-under for the tournament (Gary Boyd 8/1 to win). Boyd has yet to win on the European Tour and hasn’t been on particular good form this year but he has turned his game around so far this week and will be hoping to continue this into the weekend. A victory for Gonnet would also be his maiden win on tour, however he did come sixth earlier this year in the Avantha Masters (Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 7/1 to win).

Two-time winner on the European Tour this season, Branden Grace, is a shot further at 10-under par and will be intent on making a return to form after failing to finish in the top 25 since his back-to-back wins earlier this year (Branden Grace 5/1 to win). Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts is also well positioned a shot further back at nine-under par and has the perfect game to suit this long course (Nicolas Colsaerts 5/1 to win).

Francesco Molinari carded a superb 65 to leave himself four shots back at seven under par (Francesco Molinari 10/1 to win). Joost Luiten is also lurking on the same score with Danny Willett and Victor Dubuisson (Victor Dubuisson 33/1 to win). Pre-tournament favourite Peter Hanson is in a tie for 29th place at four-under par and will need a low score on moving day to leave himself in with a shout going into Sunday’s final round (Peter Hanson 40/1 to win).

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